Some of the world’s most staunch atheists have been repeatedly asked where human beings derive values, ethics, and morality from. Richard Dawkins, a well-known atheist, says that society develops and cultivates social norms on its own.
He suggests that a society naturally arrives on an agreed code of ethics, social and cultural norms, belief on morality, moral law in general, and the measure of right and wrong based on a consensus of current reality.
Of course, he is vehemently opposed to the truth that God’s moral law is written on the conscience of all human beings because God created the moral law and created the human race. God is the source of all things.
It is interesting that my own life may serve as a compelling case study. Not because I’m special but rather due to foolishness and a total lack of discipline pre-conversion. Before God saved me and made me a Christian, I had an extended season of lawless behavior and regrettable actions.
At my worst, I fully understood what I was doing was morally wrong, completely unethical, sexually immoral, unkind, despicable, and void of all human decency. At no point could I put forth an argument that I was living a moral life.
I rejected all authority; the contrast between good and evil & moral and immoral was as clear as day but I chose hedonism. Ultimately, I loved sin and hated God. I knew if I conceded to a belief in the only true God as seen in the bible than I would be held accountable. I did not want that.
In fact, I gloried in what was absolutely shameful. Every now and then my conscience felt pricked by someone or something but overall I suppressed the truth in unrighteousness.
There was a point, where I was proud of whom I was. My arrogance fueled a constant celebration of the evil I did and continued to live in. Mr. Dawkins, as brilliant of a scientist as he may be, his argument for subjective moralism is incoherent and visibly rooted in a robust hatred for God.
Christian apologist can simply ask: where did the first being get its moral law from? What source? Why do we call good good? How we do conclude lying is wrong? What makes abuse ‘abuse’? Why is murder is wrong? Why do we have shame & guilt? What is love, feeling or emotion? What is a soul?
Mr. Dawkins has attempted to reconcile these questions with answers completely void of God. Even he, as well spoken as he is, willing sides with absurdity rather than bowing a knee to God being that truth he seeks. He refuses to acknowledge what he already knows to be true: God is the source of all things true & good.
In fact, his last line of defense essentially is this: “just because I cannot ascribe the source of truth or our existence to a deity or understand the root cause of anything, it doesn’t mean God exists, it means we just don’t know.”
Sad isn’t it? You see because God’s word says all men are without excuse. What is known about God is plain to them. His attributes are on full display through His general revelation of creation, life itself, the different seasons, our bodies, and our souls. Mr. Dawkins is well aware of the implication of his statement. When you offer moral law being subjective it fails to put forth a standard in which to measure it by. It erases any measuring of good & evil and justice as we know it; truth ceases to exist which is absurd.
Any secular apologist that I’ve heard, to include the likes of Christopher Hitchens, at this point lays aside research, study, intellect, logic, science, and all rational reasoning. Their logic comes to a complete end. Their thoughts begin to hold no weight. They are left with nothing but anger and resist the idea of God. Me? I believe God and that His word is true. God says, it is written on your soul, stitched to your heart.
You are fully aware of His existence. He actually put it there. Now, you may ask yourself, ‘have I possibly suppressed it?’ Sure. The man or woman who is spiritually dead as clearly seen in Ephesians 2, Psalms 53, Romans 3, and loves their sin has suppressed the truth in unrighteous according to Romans chapter 1.
You will notice the word there used is ‘suppressed’ not erased. To the unbeliever, I would say lovingly it is there. You know it is. I would pray that you would reach out to an evangelical Christian, who believes in the bible alone, who can walk you through the gospel and the person of Christ and Gods plan for redemptive history. Mr. Dawkins don’t be a fool.